All four bids rejected by city to clean up the Ivy Tower

South Bend, Ind. The City of South Bend this week rejected all four bids it received, for environmental cleanup work at the former Studebaker building known as the Ivy Tower.

Three of the four bids came in over budget. The city set aside $3.2 million for the work, which is being called the largest lead-based paint abatement project that Indiana has ever seen.

“And so, most contractors that have done the lead based paint abatement projects,” says Eric Horvath the director of Public Works in South Bend. “It is all been under $100,000, some have been under $50,000 a lot have been under $20,000, and so for one that's over a million, is very unusual.”

The Ivy Tower stands six stories tall, and is located south of Coveleski Stadium. The tower is being converted into a data storage and tech center.

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